I watched the video related to the implementation of the Common Core
Standards at two High Schools in New York City. There are teachers explaining
how they switched from the State Standards to the new Common Core Standards;
how they attend to precision, and how they go deeper in fewer subjects. Also
they try to be more oriented to help solve real world problems and to help
students to be ready for college or for the working world. Also they are
oriented to teach a subject in many ways, and to learn that there are many ways
to solve a problem.
The Common Core Standards for mathematics and English are ready and they
are being introduced in some schools. The assessments won’t be ready until
2014; that is an important missing part for the teachers because they don’t
know yet how the students will be evaluated.
I am optimistic about the new Common Core Standards. For what I saw on
the video, there are modifications in very important aspects of education like
having less information but having deep information. I feel lucky to start my
new career when the new standards are being introduce because it is difficult
to change when you are already on your track.
Just to end, I loved the English teacher’s quote, when he explained the
new Common Core Standards for High School English: They want students “to read
like a detective and to write like an investigator reporter”. It can’t go